From the pattern:
I consider this sort of a “Magnum Opus” in double-knitting. On the surface it’s just a scarf, but it is knit from 54 charts including 53 two-pattern playing cards — one of every value and suit, and one Joker. Each card is charted four times — face-up and face-down, right side up and upside down. You can choose to follow the schematic I laid out, or lay out the cards in any order you choose.
52 Pickup is a sort of American children’s prank, a game where one child throws an entire deck up in the air so the cards fall willy-nilly all over the room. The hapless victim of the prank must then pick up all the cards. This “game” is probably single-handedly responsible for the majority of incomplete card decks in American households with children. I gather a similar “game” is played in Germany, although they have only 32 cards in the typical deck there.
This pattern is 114 pages long and a 13.3mb download, for those with bandwidth restrictions. Not all 114 pages are needed in any given project!
This pattern is also available in print! Buy the 52 Pickup pattern book or kit at my website and get the PDF for free (while supplies last …)!
There is a new version of this pattern available, with newly-charted backs and new lettering. This new edition is only available in digital form (no print or kits).